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The devil's doctor : Paracelsus and the world of Renaissance magic and science

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"Philip Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim - known to later ages as Paracelsus - stands on the borderline between medieval and modern; a name that is familiar but a man who has been hard to perceive or understand." "But who was Paracelsus and what did he really believe and practice? He has been seen both as a charlatan and as a founder of modern science, but Philip Ball's book reveals a more complex man -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Paracelsus; Paracelsus; Paracelsus
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 0374229791 9780374229795
OCLC Number: 61027460
Description: viii, 436 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction : Fool's quest : a Faustina legacy --
ch. 1. Black madonna : a country doctor --
ch. 2. The metal makers : learning the arts --
ch. 3. The universal scholar : a Renaissance education --
ch. 4. The staff and the snake : healing in the early renaissance --
ch. 5. Intellectual vagabonds : walking the pages of the book of nature --
ch. 6. A new religion : the trials of reformation --
ch. 7. Revolution under the sign of the shoe : sedition in Salzburg --
ch. 8. Transmutation at Ingolstadt : making gold --
ch. 9. Elixir and quintessence : a chemical medicine --
ch. 10. Bitter medicine : Paracelsus among the humanists --
ch. 11. The battle of Basle : how Paracelsus left town --
ch. 12. Against the grain : quicksilver and wood --
ch. 13. The alchemist inside : an hermetic biology --
ch. 14. Beyond wonders : the matrix of the world --
ch. 15. Star and ascendant : a science of prophesy --
ch. 16. Demons of the mind : invisible diseases --
ch. 17. The little man : animating the earth --
ch. 18. The white horse : death in Salzburg --
ch. 19. Work with fire : the chemical legacy of Paracelsus --
ch. 20. Philosopher's gold : the last of the chemical magicians --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Philip Ball.
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"Philip Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim - known to later ages as Paracelsus - stands on the borderline between medieval and modern; a name that is familiar but a man who has been hard to perceive or understand." "But who was Paracelsus and what did he really believe and practice? He has been seen both as a charlatan and as a founder of modern science, but Philip Ball's book reveals a more complex man - who used his eyes and ears to learn from nature how to heal, and who wrote influential books on medicine, surgery, alchemy and theology while living a drunken, combative, vagabond life. Above all Ball reveals a man who was a product of his time - an age of great change in which Christendom was divided, the classics were rediscovered and the earth was displaced from the centre of the cosmos - and whose bringing together of the seemingly diverse disciplines of alchemy and biology signalled the beginning of the age of rationalism."--BOOK JACKET.

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